Portfolio Camp

Think About Your Future

You may have thought about a future in art, but have you thought about how you’ll get there? Portfolio Camp helps high school students discover what it means to be enrolled at KCAD, a place where collaboration, innovation, and community engagement will prepare you and your talent to create lasting, meaningful impact through a career in art and design.

Over the course of two weeks, you’ll become completely immersed in an artistic and cultural exploration that will change the way you think about your creative potential. Working alongside high school students from other states and countries, you’ll choose between a design drawing or fine art drawing track and dive into a series of dynamic experiences like 3D printing, portfolio preparation, art theory, art journaling, research, open drawing, design challenges and ceramics. And since a creative mind requires an equal mix of work and play, you and your fellow campers can take a break from your artistic endeavors to travel to cool places like Lake Michigan, John Ball Zoo, and Ambrose Design Studio.

Make this summer more than just a vacation. Make the choice to spark your future.

Drawing with telephone.
Skull drawing.
Green sculpture.
Still life drawing.

Portfolio Camp 2014

Camps will be held:

  • July 13-27, 2014, Begins daily at 9:00 a.m.


Students ages 16-18 are eligible. Students must submit a letter of recommendation from their art teacher with their application, along with a CD of digital images of five works of art, including two observational drawings. You will be notified by mail of acceptance within one week of receipt of your completed application.


Off-campus housing is offered under the supervision of a full-time Resident Advisor, who accompanies students to and from Kendall each day. Students will share rooms with other Portfolio Campers. Cost for housing package which includes transportation, and use of kitchen facilities is: $1,000.


Tuition for Portfolio Camp is $895.00. In addition students will bring their own art supplies. A 50% deposit is due with your application to Portfolio Camp. Final payment is due no later than one week after you receive your acceptance letter, and no later than the day before camp begins. To register call: 616.451.2787, ext. 3012. VISA, MasterCard, and Discover credit or debit cards are the preferred method of payment.


A full refund will be issued to students who are not accepted into Portfolio Camp. A full refund of tuition and fees will be issued for withdrawal requests received in writing on or before the final registration deadline of July 1. A $100 administrative fee will be charged for withdrawal requests submitted in writing after the registration deadline, but before camp begins. A pro-rated refund will be issued for withdrawal requests submitted after camp begins, and a $100 administrative fee will be charged. There will be no refunds issued after the first full week of camp.

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